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Brompton History

The Brompton was designed in 1975 and we have had an exciting journey since then. Take a look at some of the key moments in our company history.



Andrew Ritchie starts designing a folding bike in his flat overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London

andrews ritchie

The first designs

The first Brompton bikes are fairly crude but fold neatly and conveniently into a tiny package. It is a remarkable step forward in folding bike design.

erste Brompton

Production begins

Low volume, ad-hoc production begins.

Brompton si aggiudica l'ambito premio di Miglior Prodotto alla fiera Cyclex di Olympia, Londra.


Brompton is awarded with the coveted Best Product Award at the Cyclex event held at Olympia, London.

Brompton erste Manufaktur

The first factory

Full time production commences in units set in railway arches in Brentford, West London.

Königliche Auszeichnung

Royal Recognition

Brompton receives Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

Una lunga strada

Long distance

A Brompton is ridden at the South Pole.

La prima gara del Brompton World Championship si tiene a Barcellona.

And they're off

The first Brompton World Championship race is held in Barcelona.


Going global

The first Brompton Junction store opens in Kobe, Japan. First Brompton Bike Hire station opens in Guildford.

Apre il Brompton Junction Covent Garden di Londra, il sesto nel mondo.

London Calling

Brompton Junction Covent Garden, London opens,the sixth worldwide.

Cambio di marcia

Changing gears

Will Butler Adams (Managing Director) awarded OBE. Our 10th store opened in Tokyo. New special edition Black Brompton goes on sale.